Dental aesthetic has become a very important concern in daily life, as it has a direct impact on self-confidence, self-esteem and quality of life. The aim of this study was to determine the self-evaluated smile satisfaction among Saudi population, and the desired treatment they wish to undergo to improve their smile. Materials & Methods: A surveyed study which included 1129 participants was done to determine participants’ satisfaction with their smile and what treatment they desire to undergo to improve their aesthetics. Result: The 1129 participants consisted of 273 males (24.2%) and 856 females (75.8%), with The median age of 26-33 years. Of these patients, 434 (38.4%) were not satisfied with their general dental appearance. In addition, 718 patients (63.6%) were dissatisfied with the colour of their teeth, 381 (33.7%) reported that their teeth were poorly aligned or crowded and 337 (29.8%) as protruded. Tooth whitening was the treatment most desired by participants (53.7%), followed by orthodontic treatment (29.6%). Conclusion: High levels of dissatisfaction with the smile appearance and higher level of tooth colour dissatisfaction were reported in this study, which provide useful implication of the potential needs for dental treatment, particularly aesthetic treatment i.e. teeth whitening, orthodontic treatment and veneer. Moreover, understanding patients’ perceptions of their smile is an important aspect of a good patient management which may help dentists in providing adequate and appropriate treatment plan for high level of patient's satisfaction. Keywords: Smile, Satisfaction, Tooth colour, Aesthetic.
Satisfaction of Saudi Population with their Smile
Dr Majed Dakheel Aldakheel, Saudi Arabia
Dr May Ali Ahmed, Saudi Arabia
Dr Raneem Ibrahim Alduraiby, Saudi Arabia